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Vet’s student loan debt over half-million dollars

If you think your student loan debt was crazy, check out what Pennsylvania veterinarian Alyssa Savage still owes: $517,000, she told the host of the WNYC podcast “Death, Sex and Money.” It wasn’t all tuition costs for the 37-year-old Royal Veterinary College graduate. She also attributed her sky-high debt to a divorce while she was […]

Pennsylvania shields vets who report animal abuse

Pennsylvania’s governor signed a bill that grants civil immunity to veterinary professionals who report suspected animal cruelty in good faith. “This should end any legal concerns [veterinarians] may have when spotting an abused animal,” said the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Mark Keller. The Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association applauded the action.

Another vet clinic closes in northwest New Mexico

New Mexico’s San Juan County and its 123,000 residents lost their third veterinary clinic in three years, leaving the 5,538-square-mile area with a handful of hospitals. One owner, Shayna Whitaker, DVM, told the Farmington Daily Times that northwest New Mexico and its low-income towns take some getting used to. “You have to have another reason […]

Northwest Vet Clinic marks century of service

Northwest Veterinary Clinic in Stanwood, Washington, this summer celebrated 100 years in business. The practice, founded in 1917 by large-animal veterinarian Carl Hjort, is 65 percent small animal today, co-owner Dan Haskins told the Stanwood/Camano News.

Pet shelters eligible for free ThunderShirts

Thunderworks, maker of the anxiety-reducing ThunderShirt pressure wrap for dogs and cats, is donating garments to at least 100 animal shelters nationwide. The Durham, North Carolina, company’s Summer Drive Donation campaign allows customers to help select the recipients. The campaign runs through Aug. 31 at www.thundershirt.com/donate.

McClure joins AVMA in governmental relations

The American Veterinary Medical Association hired Kent McClure, DVM, JD, as chief of governmental relations, a new position at the Schaumburg, Illinois, organization. Dr. McClure will focus on federal and state advocacy efforts. He previously served as general counsel at the Animal Health Institute in Washington, D.C. In other AVMA news, Ashley Morgan, DVM, was […]

Clients save money if they keep pet weight down

Banfield Pet Hospital veterinarians are seeing more chunky canines and full-figured felines than ever before. One-in-three animals that visited a Banfield hospital last year was diagnosed as overweight or obese, according to the Vancouver, Wash., company’s “2017 State of Pet Health Report.” The extra weight can be a financial drain on clients. “Owners of overweight […]